Gio Urshela
Gio Urshela
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
New York Yankees
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Urshela's performance last spring warranted a spot, but an injury suffered late in camp forced him to the disabled list to begin the season. After struggling at the plate during his rehab assignment, the Indians opted to designate him for assignment rather than put him on the big-league roster. The Blue Jays took a chance with him and he appeared in 19 games for the club, but his .233/.283/.326 slash line left much to be desired. As a result, Toronto also cast him off the 40-man roster before trading him to the Yankees in August. Urshela showed improvement at the plate with New York's Triple-A affiliate, but all in all, 2018 was a disappointing season. The 27-year-old makes pretty consistent contact (80.7% career contact rate), but he has middling power, a weak track record in the majors and no clear path back to the big leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees in November of 2018.
Goes 3-for-4
3BNew York Yankees
April 20, 2019
Urshela went 3-for-4 with a double and a run in the Yankees' 9-2 win over the Royals on Saturday.
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Urshela was starting after sitting the previous two games and responded with this three-hit effort that included his fourth double in 28 at-bats. The 27-year-old has yet to hit a homer, but he's swinging the bat well in part-time duty as he's now slashing .321/.406/.464 in 12 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+552%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+102%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .559 76 10 1 7 0 .211 .263 .296
Since 2017vs Right .611 172 16 1 13 0 .244 .292 .319
2019vs Left .143 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000
2019vs Right .933 30 5 0 2 0 .346 .433 .500
2018vs Left 1.025 10 3 1 2 0 .250 .400 .625
2018vs Right .507 36 4 0 1 0 .229 .250 .257
2017vs Left .535 59 7 0 5 0 .228 .254 .281
2017vs Right .560 106 7 1 10 0 .222 .267 .293
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .659 121 13 1 12 0 .265 .314 .345
Since 2017Away .534 127 13 1 8 0 .203 .254 .280
2019Home .802 23 3 0 1 0 .318 .348 .455
2019Away .729 14 2 0 1 0 .200 .429 .300
2018Home .932 29 4 1 3 0 .370 .414 .519
2018Away .059 17 3 0 0 0 .000 .059 .000
2017Home .495 69 6 0 8 0 .203 .261 .234
2017Away .589 96 8 1 7 0 .239 .263 .326
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How does Gio Urshela compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.57
 
BB Rate
10.8%
 
K Rate
18.9%
 
BABIP
.360
 
ISO
.125
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.378
 
SLG
.406
 
OPS
.785
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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As his development as a minor-league player progressed to Triple-A for the first time in 2014, Urshela looked like a slick-fielding third baseman capable of exceeding the low expectations he brought to the table as a prospect, especially since he showed more power at the plate at Double-A and above. The Indians have turned to him in two of the last three seasons when injuries created a need for infield depth on their 25-man roster, but the results have been underwhelming to this point at the top level. Although he's done a nice job limiting strikeouts (17.7 percent K%), a .225/.273/.314 line over 453 plate appearances has left the door open for other players on the organizational depth chart to bypass him in the battle for leftover scraps of playing time. Additionally, Urshela didn't tear the cover off the ball during his time at Triple-A Columbus last year (.266/.321/.374), and increasingly, his future looks like that of a Quad-A player.
Urshela spent all of 2016 with Triple-A Columbus after playing 81 games for Cleveland in 2015 without much success at the plate. While he hit .274 against minor league pitching, Urshela didn't exactly light the world on fire, hitting just eight home runs and slugging .380 without stealing a single base. In addition, his 2016 numbers represented a decline from 2014 where he hit .276 while slugging .476 for Columbus. On the bright side, Urshela lowered his strikeout rate to 11.8 percent, down from 20.1 percent with the Indians. Still, his power numbers are headed in the wrong direction, a trend he'll need to reverse to put himself back on the club's radar as a potential big league starter. Meanwhile, 24-year-old third baseman Jose Ramirez broke out for a huge year for the Indians, and while Ramirez isn't an elite defender at third and could be moved in the future, Urshela will need to show more at the plate to earn another crack at the majors.
Urshela's bid to unseat Lonnie Chisenhall at the hot corner never got off the launch pad in spring due to a balky back and he opened the season at Triple-A Columbus. Chisenhall's slow start with both the bat and glove opened the door for Urshela, who was hitting .272/.298/.469 at Triple-A at the time of his recall in June. His inability to control the strikezone (18 walks, 58 strikeouts in 288 plate appearances) contributed to his offensive struggles with the Tribe as he posted a poor .608 OPS in 81 games for Cleveland. A nagging shoulder injury didn't help either but he, along with shortstop Francisco Lindor, helped solidify the Indians infield defense. After the Indians signed Juan Uribe to a one-year deal this offseason, Urshela will likely begin the year at Triple-A. He'll need to command the strikezone better and get himself into some good hitters' counts if he wants to take full advantage of his moderate power going forward. Unless Uribe gets hurt or struggles mightily, Urshela may have to wait until 2017 to get a crack at playing every day in the big leagues again.
Few third base prospects can match Urshela’s proximity to the big leagues. He played 24 games at Double-A Akron and 104 games at Triple-A Columbus last season, more than holding his own with the stick at both levels. He forced a promotion to Triple-A after slashing .300/.347/.567 with five home runs in just 24 games with Akron, and his numbers remained solid after moving up a level. Urshela hit .276/.331/.473 (.289 BABIP) with 13 home runs in 430 plate appearances with Columbus, and appears on the verge of making his big league debut. The incumbent at the hot corner, Lonnie Chisenhall, hit just .218 in the second half in 2014, and if he gets off to a slow start, Urshela figures to get the first crack at replacing him. While he will likely never put up elite power numbers for the position, he could settle in as a middling option there if he is playing every day.
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Seeing steady action
3BNew York Yankees
April 14, 2019
Urshela will start at third base and hit seventh Sunday against the White Sox, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
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Called up Saturday
3BNew York Yankees
April 6, 2019
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Inks minor-league contract
3BNew York Yankees
November 9, 2018
Urshela signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees on Friday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
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Sent to Yankees
3BNew York Yankees
August 4, 2018
Urshela was traded to the Yankees for an undisclosed return Saturday, Conor Foley of the Times-Tribune reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
3BToronto Blue Jays
July 5, 2018
The Blue Jays outrighted Urshela to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.
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